Fresno Pacific Towers

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Fresno Pacific Towers
Fresno Pacific Towers.jpg
Former names Pacific Southwest Building
Wells Fargo Bank
Security Bank Building
Alternative names 1060 Fulton Mall
General information
Type Commercial offices
Residential condominiums
Architectural style Neo-Classical
Location 1060 Fulton Mall
Fresno, California
Coordinates 36°44′16″N 119°47′02″W / 36.7377°N 119.7838°W / 36.7377; -119.7838Coordinates: 36°44′16″N 119°47′02″W / 36.7377°N 119.7838°W / 36.7377; -119.7838
Construction started 1923
Completed 1925
Cost US1.2 million
Owner Serko and Sevak Khatchadourian
Height
Antenna spire 94 m (308 ft)
Roof 67.36 m (221.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 9
Lifts/elevators 3
Design and construction
Architect R.F. Felchlin Company
Robert Richmond Architect
References
[1][2]

Fresno Pacific Towers, originally the Pacific Southwest Building and later known as the Security Bank Building is a 15-storey, 67 m (220 ft) skyscraper completed in 1925 in downtown Fresno, California. With the tower's antenna rising to 315 ft (96 m), original construction took eighteen months and cost US$1.2 million for the headquarters for the Fidelity Branch of the Pacific-Southwest Trust and Savings Bank.[3] Originally, a beacon on top of the tower served as a frost warning to farmers within a 30 mile radius.

Fresno banker William Sutherland was instrumental in the planning and construction of the building. In 1925, the Pacific Southwest Trust and Savings Bank, with Sutherland as its president, moved its offices there.[4]

The mostly-vacant building stood as the tallest in the city 80 years until the Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse was completed in 2005. The building is currently owned by Beverly Hills-based developers, Sevak, and brother Serko Khatchadourian.[5] The top floors of the building have been converted into apartments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fresno Pacific Towers at Emporis
  2. ^ Fresno Pacific Towers at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ "Fulton Mall Architecture Walking Tour". PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno. 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fresno's Finest Skyscraper Is Now Complete," The Fresno Morning Republican, January 19, 1925.
  5. ^ George Hostetter (23 April 2012). "Helm Building, Fresno's first Skyscraper, is Sold". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 

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